Students from a high school in Maine have donated the money raised for their senior trip to help people in need.
The 13 graduating seniors raised nearly $8,000 by working concession stands, holding harvest and winter festivals, and hosting community suppers. They were going to use the money for a traditional class trip, but they donated it instead.
"It felt sort of obvious that it needed to go back to the island community," said Olivia Britton, one of the graduates.
They gave $5,000 to help out their neighbors struggling in the wake of the pandemic. The money went to the Island Community Fund to help people who were out of work and needed money for food or rent. The students and are still deciding where to donate the remaining money.
Student Liefe Temple said “It felt really good to do that with our money, to give it back to the people who gave it to us.”